Get started with Azure DNS using the Azure portal

This article walks you through the steps to create your first DNS zone and record using the Azure portal. You can also perform these steps using Azure PowerShell or the cross-platform Azure CLI.

A DNS zone is used to host the DNS records for a particular domain. To start hosting your domain in Azure DNS, you need to create a DNS zone for that domain name. Each DNS record for your domain is then created inside this DNS zone. Finally, to publish your DNS zone to the Internet, you need to configure the name servers for the domain. Each of these steps is described in the following steps.

Create a DNS zone

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal
  2. On the Hub menu, click and click New > Networking > and then click DNS zone to open the Create DNS zone blade.

    DNS zone

  3. On the Create DNS zone blade enter the following values, then click Create:

Setting Value Details
Name contoso.com The name of the DNS zone
Subscription [Your subscription] Select a subscription to create the DNS zone in.
Resource group Create new: contosoDNSRG Create a resource group. The resource group name must be unique within the subscription you selected. To learn more about resource groups, read the Resource Manager overview article.
Location West US
Note

The resource group refers to the location of the resource group, and has no impact on the DNS zone. The DNS zone location is always "global", and is not shown.

Create a DNS record

The following example walks you through the process of creating new 'A' record. For other record types and to modify existing records, see Manage DNS records and record sets by using the Azure portal.

  1. With the DNS Zone created, in the Azure portal Favorites pane, click All resources. Click the contoso.com DNS zone in the All resources blade. If the subscription you selected already has several resources in it, you can enter contoso.com in the Filter by name… box to easily access the DNS Zone.

  2. At the top of the DNS zone blade, select + Record set to open the Add record set blade.

  3. On the Add record set blade, enter the following values, and click OK. In this example, you are creating an A record.

    Setting Value Details
    Name www Name of the record
    Type A Type of DNS record to create, acceptable values are A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, NS, SRV, TXT, and PTR. For more information about record types, visit Overview of DNS zones and records
    TTL 1 Time-to-live of the DNS request.
    TTL unit Hours Measurement of time for TTL value.
    IP address ipAddressValue This value is the IP address that the DNS record resolves.

View records

In the lower part of the DNS zone blade, you can see the records for the DNS zone. You should see the default DNS and SOA records, which are created in every zone, plus any new records you have created.

zone

Update name servers

Once you are satisfied that your DNS zone and records have been set up correctly, you need to configure your domain name to use the Azure DNS name servers. This enables other users on the Internet to find your DNS records.

The name servers for your zone are given in the Azure portal:

zone

These name servers should be configured with the domain name registrar (where you purchased the domain name). Your registrar offers the option to set up the name servers for the domain. For more information, see Delegate your domain to Azure DNS.

Delete all resources

To delete all resources created in this article, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Azure portal Favorites pane, click All resources. Click the MyResourceGroup resource group in the All resources blade. If the subscription you selected already has several resources in it, you can enter MyResourceGroup in the Filter by name… box to easily access the resource group.
  2. In the MyResourceGroup blade, click the Delete button.
  3. The portal requires you to type the name of the resource group to confirm that you want to delete it. Click Delete, Type MyResourceGroup for the resource group name, then click Delete. Deleting a resource group deletes all resources within the resource group, so always be sure to confirm the contents of a resource group before deleting it. The portal deletes all resources contained within the resource group, then deletes the resource group itself. This process takes several minutes.

Next steps

To learn more about Azure DNS, see Azure DNS overview.

To learn more about managing DNS records in Azure DNS, see Manage DNS records and record sets by using the Azure portal.